Sometimes when I’m having a bad day or my stress levels are through the roof, I’ll turn on the Backstreet Boys and N*SYNC and jam out. I know. You’re thinking to yourself, “Why? Why do you do that?” Simple: Memory lane. I think what attracts me so much to them is the memories that I have associated with “I Want It That Way” to “Bye, Bye, Bye” to “Tearin’ Up My Heart” and more. When these boy bands were popular way back in the day, I was living in Eagle Mountain. My three best friends, KT, Jessica, and Caitlin, and I have some pretty goofy memories from these boy bands.
I can remember sitting in KT’s mac-n-cheese yellow room listening and dancing to these songs with my two red-headed besties. Oh, how we had a blast! But don’t worry, for your sake, I won’t disclose how crazy we were or that I have documentation of these days where we’d dance it out like there was no tomorrow. But what I will say is that those were the days! KT, Jess, Caitlin, and I had a blast playing our little Harry Potter games, jamming out to the boy bands that we were obsessed with, and just laughing really hard. Looking back, I know I didn’t realize how easy life was. Because let’s be honest here: Being an adult with bills, job, family, friends, and more is insane at times.
For example, this summer I somehow took the crazy leap and jumped back into school. With working part-time, homework, a possibly broken foot (I find that one out tomorrow), and attempting at having a social life I believe that my head is going to explode. This week I have twelve assignments, discussions, papers due throughout the week and I’m beginning to wonder why I wanted to spend my summer with homework.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to have a distraction when I’m not at work or trying to work on my mission scrapbook but today it’s been a tedious task to motivate myself to do. I know in the end it’s going to be worth it because I am so excited to be a teacher but I have my moments and right now is just one of them. So, for right now, I’m saying “Bye, Bye, Bye” to homework and am going to enjoy the rest of the night.
What do you do when you’re stressed out?